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Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education

CEESTEM's Role in the Creation of the NSTA Early Childhood Science Position Statement

In the May 2014 NAEYC publication of Young Children, author Cindy Hoisington used the "On Our Minds" column to provide a history behind the new NSTA Early Childhood Science Position Statement that has been shepherded by the NAEYC Early Childhood Science Interest Forum (ECSIF). The ECSIF was conceived during the 2010 STEM in Early Education and Development (SEED) conference hosted by the Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa and was part of the beginning of CEESTEM. The ECSIF was formed in 2011 by a core group of early childhood science educators, researchers, policy makers, professional developers, curriculum developers, and advocates who attended to the conference. Cindy writes, "The goal was to continue the vigorous discussion and debate that the conferece had provoked about science in early childhood, especially in preschool-including its role in a child-centered curriculum and implications for teachers, classrooms, and programs. The goal was also to extend the conversation to include all early childhood educators, researchers, and advocates who are passionate about young children and science."